Patients Association Research
A groundbreaking new report carried out by the Patients Association has highlighted the levels of medical negligence in NHS hospitals across the country.
The study - entitled ’Listen to Patients, Speak Up For A Change’ - reported 17 cases that demonstrated the poor basic nursing care to which many people are subjected, and how this has resulted in medical negligence, injury and insult to vulnerable patients.
One such case is that of Anne Robson, an elderly lady who was admitted to hospital following a fall earlier this year. After some time in hospital she became badly dehydrated, lost a considerable amount of weight, was left lying in her own urine and died shortly after being discharged.
Furthermore, a woman named Louise Jacob died within a couple of days of being admitted to the hospital following a stroke, with nurses reportedly not providing her with her medication and leaving her propped on a bed pan for extended periods of time. Her daughters were also prevented from visiting due to an outbreak of novovirus on the ward.
Commenting on the findings of the research, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Peter Carter said: “Neither the RCN nor the overwhelming majority of committed and caring nurses can possibly condone the neglect, rudeness and in some cases outright cruelty outlined in [the] report.”
He went on to state cuts in staffing levels has led to nurses being put under extreme pressure and not having enough time to look after all of their patients.
Richard Money-Kyrle, lawyer and clinical negligence expert at Darbys Solicitors LLP, noted: “This report highlights the fact that, unfortunately, there are substandard levels of healthcare and treatment in some parts of the UK, despite the majority of nurses being a credit to their profession. Findings like this demonstrate how there are plenty of sufferers and loved ones in Britain who could have their quality of life improved by compensation following inadequate nursing care.”
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